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Court Endorses PTO Use for Exempt Employee Partial-Day Absences

Employers often confuse the strict rules limiting the docking of exempt employees’ salary with different rules relating to partial-day deductions under vacation or “paid time off” (PTO) policies. A California appellate court...more

Quirky Question #234, Selling Accrued Vacation

Question: Our company allows employees to sell up to 40 hours of their accrued PTO (accrued vacation) each year. If an employee elects to sell the accrued PTO, we pay it out in a lump sum at the end of the year. Does...more

It’s Catching: Is the Spread of Paid Sick Leave Laws Making Employers Ill?

As winter has turned to spring, and flu season has turned to allergy season, have your employees been accruing government-mandated paid sick leave? They might be if they happen to work in New York City (NYC), Newark, or...more

Idle Free v. Bergstrom - Turning the Tables on Patent-Holders

The “America Invents Act” (“AIA”), signed into law on September 16, 2011, dramatically reformed existing patent laws. One particularly important provision replaced Inter Partes Reexamination, a form of post-grant review, with...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences...more

California Grid Operator Proposes Extending Rate Incentives To Developers

On October 17, 2013, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal for revisions to its transmission planning process. The proposal reflects comments received on a straw proposal issued...more

Harley-Davidson Logo Rides Without Words

The well-known, if not famous, Harley-Davidson logo is on the left below, but what is on the right? Might Harley-Davidson also be in the business of renting storage garage units for motorcycles among other outdoor...more

Employment Law Blog: The Perils of PTO (or too much alliteration)

Paid Time Off (PTO) is a marketing tool. We use it to obtain interest by prospective employees, to retain existing employees and sometimes we use it to get employees out of the office before we give in to that impulse to...more

Employment Law Blog: The Price of Generosity - PTO Donation Policies

At Davis Brown's recent Employment Law Seminar, a hot topic was the structure and utilization of Paid Time Off and leave donation programs. Iowans tend to be generous givers. We step forward, we raise the barn, bake a pie,...more

Update on Nanotechnology Class 977 Patent Filings in 2013 – the Patent Race Slows an Ounce?

2013 is flying by, remarkably fast, so it was time to check how the class 977 patent filings are coming for the new year. Last year provided a record 4,098 nanotechnology publications. ...more

Business Litigation Report -- March 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: Quinn Emanuel Recognized as a “2013 Go-To Law Firm for Top 500 Companies” and Quinn Emanuel Named Law360 Class Action Practice Group of the Year - Main...more

The Joint DOJ and PTO Perspective on Standards-Essential Patents as Compared to that of the FTC

On January 8, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) (collectively, “the Agencies”) issued a joint policy statement regarding remedies for Standards-Essential...more

January 2013: Patent Litigation Update

In This Update: European Parliament Approves European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court; Gross Negligence Insufficient to Establish Deceptive Intent for Inequitable Conduct; and Federal Circuit Eases Requirements...more

A Full Day’s Pay for Partial Day’s Work?

Many of you wonderful people have asked me for information regarding deductions from employees who are exempt from overtime for partial or full day absences. Keep in mind that an employee will be considered to be paid on a...more

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